Do you know what’s the secret to staying in shape? Exercise your self-love muscle and you’ll transform your body, mind and soul.
Have you ever gazed longingly at your fitspiration or Instagram page and wondered how to achieve your dream body? Well, believe it or not, the key lies in the strength of your mind rather than your biceps. We all have often heard that before we can fall in love, we have to learn to love ourselves, and the same goes for the relationship with your body.
Your mind is the most powerful instrument you own and developing your self-belief can see you striving towards your training goals.
Yeah, that’s right, being nice to yourself can do more than just improve your mood, it can keep you slim, too!
Based on a study published by Psychological Science, people who inaccurately believed they were overweight when being 16 years old, were more likely to be overweight by the time they reached 28. The study went on to explain that people who have an inaccurate perception of themselves may not take the necessary steps to stick with a healthy way of life (a balanced diet and regular workout) and, as they gain some pounds, they start to become what they’ve always perceived themselves to be – overweight.
So how can we conquer this self-fulfilling prophecy if we’re always surrounded by airbrushed images of ‘perfect’ bodies and the emphasis is laid on style over substance?
We are often influenced by celebrity culture and most show business news is usually about what clothes somebody is wearing, how wonderful they look, how slim their bodies are, or how out of shape they are.
For this reason, impressionable teenagers who are often looking at their favorite celebrities and other girls’ selfies can lead them to think they should diet to get in a better shape when, in reality, eating healthier, drinking more water and regular workout is a more balanced approach.
Self-love is the key to success. We are all unique and we have different bodies. Don’t copy other people, but strive to become the healthiest and best version of yourself.
Instead of thinking of workout as a means to channel your inner desires to look like a lingerie model, see it as a way to improve your health, stamina, strength and confidence – now that’s attractive.